Amharic letters? Or...

Amharic letters? Or...

Dancing stick figure people?

Dancing stick figure people?

Welcome to Amharic 101. Today we will learn some of the essentials for communicating in Ethiopia.
  1. The word for “thank you” has six syllables – ameseguenalo. Good luck remembering it.
  2. If someone asks how you are doing, say “dena”, meaning “I am fine”. Say this even if you are not fine.
  3. When you hear “a ninja”, that unfortunately does not mean that there is a ninja somewhere so don’t bother looking for one. It means “I don’t know”.
  4. If someone says “be” (for a girl) or “ble” (for a boy), that means “eat”. The only correct response is to eat more.
  5. If you are full, you can say “baka”, meaning “enough”, but be aware that no one will listen to you.
  6. “Moose” means “banana”. “Moose-a” means “my banana”.
  7. If something is there, it is “alle”. If something is not there, it is “yellum”. This is useful for restaurants. “Fish alle?” “Yellum.” “Meat alle?” “Yellum.” “Pasta alle?” “Yellum.”
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